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Eco-Anxiety and the Power of “Wow”

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | July 10th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: anxiety, awe, change the world, earth, eco-anxiety, environment, forest ethics, keystone xl pipeline, obama, planet, power, tzeporah berman, wind power, wind turbine

It’s called eco-anxiety, that feeling of stress caused by awareness of environmental issues. I know this because I’ve been researching it. I know this because I’ve been feeling it.

And I’m not alone. Psychologists report that an increasing number of patients report feelings of anxiety about the future of the planet. A growing sense that we’re losing this fight.

Yoga and the Earth

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | April 22nd, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Yoga | tags: ahimsa, change, composting, Earth Day, eco-friendly, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, electricity, energy, environment, green, habits, Hanumanasana, lights, Lizard Pose, Mother Earth, non-violence, One-Legged King Pigeon Pose, organic cotton, Parasvottanasana, planet, Pyramid Pose, recycled, recycling, Splits Pose, tree-pose, trees, Utthan Pristhasana, Vrksasana, Yoga, yoga block, yoga mat, yoga poses, yoga props, yoga strap

Earth Day YogaAs you grow and deepen your conversation with yoga, it becomes quite clear that the yoga practice must stretch far beyond the boundaries of that little sticky mat. Naturally, your practice begins to bleed into every part of your life, saturating your world with concepts like ahimsa (non-violence). Part of that concept is living in a way that is non-harming to the Earth.

Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to explore this mind-set, as we look for ways to give back to our life-sustaining planet. Every moment we are nourished and blessed by the abundant gifts of the Earth, and on this particular day we have the chance to give gratitude back to the source! This is a special chance to develop lasting rituals in your yoga practice and in your life that nurture an eco-centric approach to everyday living and that have the potential to last all year round.

‘I Am’ Yuzen

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | March 7th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Girlfriend@Gaiam, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: body care, box of the month, Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs, documentary, eco-friendly, gaiam tv, gifts, healthy, Hollywood film director Tom Shadyac, I AM, Lavender & Lemon Hydrating Lip Balm, life-changing, movie, pamper, personal care, planet, products, spa, surprise, sweetriot, Tilvee, yuzen, Zen

Yuzen

I love Yuzen for the great products and brands it introduces me to. (What? You haven’t heard of Yuzen? Read my review of it here.)

Case in point: These Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs from sweetriot. They’re like a healthy, chocolate-y, antioxidant-packed version of Nerds candy. (Remember Nerds?). Or this Lavender & Lemon Hydrating Lip Balm from Tilvee.

With every new season, Yuzen delivers the kind of eco-friendly-but-also-super-luxurious products that make me wonder, “How did I ever live without this?”

Doreen Virtue on Speaking with Angels

Tina Van Leuven by Tina Van Leuven | November 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: angel cards, angel oracle cards, angels, Doreen Virtue, future, gaiam tv, GaiamTV.com, Heaven, interview, life, messages, mystic, planet, power of words, spirits, spirituality, vibrational frequency, vibrations, video review

Angel

I’ve been a big fan of angel oracle cards for many years, and my collection includes quite a few Doreen Virtue decks. I just love their artwork and their messages, and I’ve found them to be amazingly accurate. I have clients who choose a card at the end of our sessions together, and the card usually either beautifully summarizes our session or offers guidance in moving forward. When my friends and their children come to my home, they always ask to choose a card or two.

These days, oracle cards are often available as an app for smart devices; the convenience is wonderful, but I must say, I believe the physical cards hold a special value and power.

Because of my love for angel oracle cards, it was no surprise that I was drawn to watch an episode of Gaiam Inspirations featuring Doreen Virtue as the guest on GaiamTV.com. A delightful hour well spent!

Celebrate Earth Day — At Home!

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 20th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: apartment, carbon emissions, chemicals, Earth Day, eco-home, energy, environment, green cleaners, green home, Green Living, house, house plants, houseplant, LED lighting, lightbulbs, non-toxic cleaning supplies, organic bedding, organic food, organic sheets, organic towels, planet, plastic, toxic, water conservation

Earth Day Home BlogWith only a couple days to go until Earth Day, prepare to get inundated with a billion things we can do — should do — to save our planet. Although there will likely be plenty of events to attend and planet-themed parties to enjoy, one of the best places you can celebrate Earth Day is in your own home!

If our homes are a reflection and expression of our lifestyles and values, then it makes sense that we start making conscious (i.e. green) choices at home. The issues affecting the Earth — from the oil crisis to water shortages to disappearing species — are complex, and can seem distant and insurmountable, but it is essential to understand the correlation between our everyday environments and our larger ecosystem. Everything and everyone is interconnected, and even the simplest act, such as turning the water off when we brush our teeth, creates positive change.

My Latest Eco-Dilemma: Fix What’s Old or Buy New?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | January 25th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: appliances, dryer, energy efficiency, energy savings, energy-efficient appliances, green, home energy use, planet, refrigerator

DryerApparently I have upset the appliance gods. Right before the holidays, the dryer stopped drying anything. And then right after the holidays, the refrigerator started freezing everything.

December turned into one costly month budget-wise. And what about Earth-wise? You’d think that fixing something old would be automatically better than buying something new. But, actually, when it comes to the life cycle analysis of most appliances — or their cradle-to-grave environmental impact — it turns out it’s the use of an appliance that has the biggest impact. Which means if your refrigerator is a shade of ‘70s avocado, you’ll step lighter on the planet if you embrace the energy efficiency of the 21st Century.

While there are a lot of variables to consider, here are some tips to help you decide whether to repair a broken appliance or replace it:

Spring Clean, Spring Green

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | May 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: apartment, baking soda, chemicals, cleaning supplies, clutter, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, environment, green, green cleaners, home, house, lemon juice, planet, spring cleaning, vinegar

Spring Cleaning

The “official” first day of spring may have been March 20, but with the cold weather, it certainly didn’t feel like it then. Now it seems like spring has finally sprung!

I may have “reached that age” when I appreciate each spring just a little more (or maybe it’s just my recent memory of the brutally cold winter), but the colorful spring buds are making me extremely happy this year. Another thing that makes me happy is the feel of a de-cluttered, freshly cleaned home, so spring cleaning is on my mind. Some of you may not have gotten around to this annual rite of passage yet, while others may feel ready for a second pass at it after all the recent rain (and the inevitable mud it invites in). Either way, before you start cleaning your home, consider doing a clean sweep of your chemical cleaning products first.

Green Your Family: A 5-Step Plan to Success

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 21st, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bicycle, bicycling, bike, car-pooling, carbon-footprint, cars, children, climate change, driving, eco-friendly, emissions, energy, environment, family, food miles, garbage, go green, investing, kids, local, money, new year's resolutions, parenting, planet, power, public transit, recycling, saving, showers, tele-commuting, trash, waste, water use

Family taking out the recycling

Was “go green” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Even if your composter is still empty and there are chemical cleaners still lurking in your cabinets, don’t fret — Only 12 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them for a year. Which, frankly, is 12 percent more than I would have guessed. But if you’re like me and the other 88 percent, what can help us keep resolutions is the support of others.

With that in mind, this Earth Day I’m enlisting my family in the greening goals I set for 2011. And by “greening” (aren’t we all just getting sick to death of that word?), I mean treading more lightly on my wallet, my Daytimer, my blood pressure and Mother Earth. Surely THAT’s a resolution worth fighting for!

3 Tips for an Eco Family Vacation

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 12th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: Eco Travel, enrich, environment, explore, family, natural spaces, people, places, planet, travel, vacations, wanderlust

Family on an Eco-vacationMy main goal at 12 years of age was to own a pair of plastic mouse ears, a salute to Mickey Mouse. Of course, this would require a vacation to Disney World, something every kid in my neighborhood had achieved. Getting there was possible … but sure looked unlikely. My parents, you see, saw no point in traveling to a fantasy world when the real world was so fantastical. I never did acquire that mouse-ear crown.

Start Celebrating Earth Day’s 40th … Right Now!

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | February 5th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: Earth Day, earth education, eco-friendly, environment, environmental awareness, globe, green action, planet, sustainability, sustainable development, sustainable green, zero-waste

Raindrop Earth

Happy Earth Day 2010!  This April will mark four decades of organized environmental awareness.  And, given the current economic, environmental and energy crises, it’s clear that Earth Day is no longer a “holiday” reserved for hippies.  We all have stake in planet Earth.  Accordingly, significant action must continue in order to sustain our planet and the people she supports.